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The competition for cleantech start-ups!


What is the Nordic Cleantech Open?

It is THE competition for cleantech start-ups from the Nordic and Baltic regions. Every year we identify the 25 best and most innovative seed-stage cleantech start-ups with the main objective of putting their innovations in the spotlight to support and accelerate their development and growth. The competition is free for all participants. And what is cleantech? Cleantech products and services contribute to one of the following objectives:

  • Reduces or eliminates environmental harm, for example by pollution prevention and control, reduction of greenhouse gas emissions or unsustainable/inefficient use of natural resources;
  • Brings environmental benefits, for example by protecting healthy ecosystems or improving the productive and sustainable use of natural resources.

The Nordic Cleantech Open Experience

Testimonials from past Top 25 participants

How Does the Competition Work?

Who Can Apply?

  • Anyone looking to turn his or her cleantech idea into a successful business.
  • You have to own the rights to the idea with which you are entering the competition.
  • It is recommended that the applying company is a start-up that has received less than EUR 1,000,000 in external private financing. Grant funding, bank loans, revenues and money from friends and family is excluded. However, if your start-up is slightly above the recommended funding level and looking for further investments and industrial exposure, you are welcome to apply.
  • Your business needs to be based in one of the Nordic or Baltic countries (Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Iceland, Estonia, Latvia or Lithuania).
  • Companies that have been selected Top 25 in previous editions are not eligible.

Why should you participate?

  • Join us for free and pitch in our events with investors and industrials.
    • Trolleholm Castle – For Top25 companies (28-29 March 2020)
    • Nordic Cleantech Open Top10 Finals (June, TBC)
  • Gain global visibility among investors and industrial actors from all around the world.
  • All applicants get valuable feedback from our expert jury. They will assess your innovation, market potential and ability to execute.
  • All Top25 companies get a full description in our widely distributed Top25 Report.

All applicants are added to the Cleantech Scandinavia database, where industry and investors regularly search for innovations and investment opportunities.

Next round of applications

Applications for 9th Edition have closed in December 31st, 2019. Applications for the 10th Edition will be open in January, 2020.

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Meet the Jury

About Cleantech Scandinavia

Cleantech Scandinavia is the renowned provider and promoter of Nordic and Baltic Cleantech. Our exclusive platform of Nordic cleantech companies offers a unique opportunity for our well-established international network of investors, industrials, energy utilities, real estate companies, cities, service providers and the public sector. We are the trusted source of cleantech-related investment opportunities, business intelligence and investment statistics in the Nordics. Among our network activities, we organize every year the Cleantech Capital Day, our main event of the year, where some 250 international investors, VCs, industries and cleantech companies meet over the course of two days to network and do business. Cleantech Capital Day goes hand in hand with the Nordic Cleantech Open – this cleantech startup competition that puts the spotlight on the ever-increasing flow of cleantech innovation from the Nordics and Baltics. During the Nordic Cleantech Open, we gather the best cleantech startups, and then our international jury of investors and corporate VCs evaluate the companies according to their innovation, market potential, and team. In addition to the network activities, we also offer consultancy services on an individual assignment basis. Do not hesitate to contact us!

Contact Us

Frequently Asked Questions

We have compiled the most frequently asked questions here:

FAQ – 9th Nordic Cleantech Open

If you have any other questions or comments regarding the competition, feel free to contact Laura at 

We usually respond in two business days maximum.

Do you Wish to Contribute?

If you wish to sponsor the competition, in return we offer a gateway to the evolving and innovative Nordic and Baltic cleantech start-up scene, visibility and a lot of fun along the way! If you wish to contribute to the Nordic Cleantech Open, please contact Laura at